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Hertfordshire, the UK
Teams: Arsenal, Watford, UK NTs, and dozens more.
Wanted: Conservative Leader
Sigh. It's that time again. Five months after the election, when Michael Howard announced his resignation, we're finally entering endgame.
Moreover, we finally know what system will be used to elect a new leader. It's the old one. That is to say, the party's 1922 Committee draws up a shortlist, the 198 Conservative MPs whittle it down to 2 candidates, and ask the party membership (320,000 or so) to pick the leader from those two. The system has been used twice before. Last time around, it elected Michael Howard by default, when the 1922 Committee refused to nominate anyone else (therefore bypassing the membership). The previous time, it elected Iain Duncan Smith. Enough said.
It is possible that, if the Cameron, Fox, Rifkind, or May campaigns get their parliamentary maths right, and cut a deal with the centre-right members, Kenneth Clarke could be edged into third place. That's unlikely, and probably an unhealthy indicator of our party's democratic credentials, given what happened in 2003.
It's almost certain that the party leadership will be fought between Kenneth Clarke and David Davis. They could not be more different, but the party faithful can't really make up its mind. Clarke is the UK's foremost Europhile; is a 65-year old centrist; is a Cantabrigian, cigar-chomping, smooth operator; and has 18 years of government experience under Thatcher and Major and a love for jazz and classic cars. Davis is right-wing and 56; is a major Eurosceptic with only 5 years of experience of government; was brought up an immigrant step-father in a slum; skipped university, and paid his way through three degrees by working in insurance by day and the SAS by night. Oh, and Davis' grandfather led the Jarrow march. Chalk and Cheese have competition.
: "That last post of Bastin's is just too authoritative to argue against."
: "It scares the f*ck out of me but I'm with Bastin here."
: "Ah, there you go using that absurd über-memory of your's...not fair."
: "Even when it comes to rap, Bastin is an authority."
: "A most respected scion of Misty Albion, the illustious Bastin - the redoubtable defender of all our noble traditions."
: "Bastin is very attractive when talking nautical! "